Ritual del Nuevo DΓ­a (2022)

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Ritual del Nuevo DΓ­a (2022)

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Text language: Spanish

Duration: 4:00 minutes

Difficulty: Medium / Hard


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When Santiago and I began to discuss this commission, we kept returning to the subject of mental health and inclusion. In a discussion with students, one student voiced that they β€œfeel excluded and not cared for,” and that their struggle with mental health β€œhas made [them] feel alone and helpless.”

Santiago begins the piece with an old, quasi-ritualistic melody that calls back to previous times and traditions. As the work continues, the melody unites together with the other voices to emulate inclusion and unity of voices. His text draws parallels to nature and how we are able to bloom through the darkness of adversity with the help of others.

We hope this work aids in our conversations about the importance of discussing mental health and inclusion. In our discussion, other students affirmed that β€œwhen I am included by others, it makes me feel more like a person and less invisible.” β€œWe can talk about mental health more to let people know that they are not alone; there are people who care for and love them.” β€œEveryone deserves to be seen and heard.”

– π΅π‘’π‘›π‘—π‘Žπ‘šπ‘–π‘› π‘†π‘Žπ‘’π‘›π‘‘π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘  –